About the Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction

Enhance your professional practice by earning an Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction. This virtual distance learning program serves the professional needs and interests of individuals working in, or interested in working in, P-12 education, teacher education, higher education (across a variety of disciplines), training and professional development. Program faculty and candidates share a desire to understand factors that influence curriculum and improve instructional experiences for teachers and learners across our respective programmatic levels and disciplines.

Program goals emphasize collaboration, depth of understanding, reflection, scholarship, communication, ethical research, and professional practice. These goals are practiced through completion of coursework, portfolio requirements, and dissertation research. Refer to the Plan of Study to review core (21 hours), area of emphasis (9 hours), and research (27 hours) requirements.

Ed.D. Candidates in Curriculum & Instruction have opportunities to…

  • benefit from distance learning tuition and fees with no increases for out-of-state candidates.
  • develop a specialization by selecting an area of emphasis that connects to prior graduate work, builds new skills and knowledge, and/or relates closely to research interests.
  • collaborate with faculty and peers during synchronous virtual class meetings that offer the convenience of joining from where you are. Synchronous meetings generally occur from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Tuesday evenings.
  • engage in scholarly and professional experiences such as co-presenting at professional conferences, co-authoring papers for publication, co-teaching or co-developing courses, and more. These experiences fulfill program portfolio requirements in collaboration with faculty and peers, while also providing marketable experiences to enhance your curriculum vita.
  • earn an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Curriculum & Instruction. The 30 hours of courses required for the Ed.S. can all be applied to the Ed.D. Dually enrolled candidates apply to graduate with the Ed.S. upon completion of core and research courses, before writing the dissertation.